Roy dismisses trade speculation, missed OTAs

Lions veteran receiver disregards talk that he's unhappy with team. Dismisses trade rumors.

Lions wide receiver Roy Williams missed four consecutive organized team activities recently, but he has what he considers innocent explanations for his absences. He doesn't think they're a big deal, and he says they have nothing to do with his contract situation.

"I'm going to make a lot of money this year," said Williams, who is in the last year of his contract. "You all can look it up. They owe me 5.8 million this year. So why would I be mad? I'm not mad. I'm not missing OTAs because I'm mad at the Detroit Lions."

So why is he missing them?

"I'm missing because my flights got canceled," Williams said.

Williams blamed bad weather near his home in Texas for his three absences last week.

"I tried to get here two days in a row, and I just wasn't coming for one day," Williams said. "I called the coaches. They knew where I was at. So it wasn't a big deal."

What about Monday?

"That was my fault," Williams said. "I booked it wrong. I booked it on the second (of June) instead of the first."

The OTAs are voluntary according to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association. Williams isn't the only Lions player who has been absent, either. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Tatum Bell were missing Wednesday.

But attending OTAs is strongly encouraged throughout the NFL, and most players attend.

Williams said he liked to run in the Texas heat and come to Detroit for team work.

"I'm an OTA guy," he said. "I want to be here (for) OTAs."

But he has missed OTAs before and doesn't consider it an issue if established players miss some.

"We know what guys can do, especially the veteran guys," he said. "Calvin's still a rookie, though. But he knows what to do, man. We know what he's going to give us on Sunday, so it's not a big deal that he's not going to be here or if I'm not going to be here.

"We know at some point we're going to be here. We're just not going to be like, 'Screw OTAs,' or, 'Screw the Detroit Lions.' We're going to show up and we're going to work hard when we get here."

Williams is willing to talk about a new deal at any time.

"I'm like 7-Eleven, baby," he said. "I'm always open. Even on the field."

But the Lions have not approached him about an extension.

For months, there have been reports and rumors about the Lions looking to trade Williams and Williams wanting to play for the Cowboys. Coach Rod Marinelli said they wouldn't trade Williams, and they haven't. Williams maintains he would like to stay in Detroit.

Asked if he ever went to president Matt Millen, Williams cut off the question by saying: "No. Nope. Nope."

Still, the talk continues.

"I get that all day, especially when I'm back at home," Williams said, wearing a sleeve on his right arm and shoes with the burnt orange of his alma mater, Texas. "Dallas, Dallas, Dallas. Trade Roy Williams for Roy Williams. When are you going to be a Cowboy? I'm going to have to deal with that until I sign something here or become a free agent somewhere else."

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